The IBM DoesNotWorkplace Nonpermalink

by Volker Weber

Here is your task, should you choose to accept it:

Find the Notes 6.5.3 client trial for Mac OS X on IBM.COM. Set a bookmark. Review tomorrow.

Yesterday it was here. And the day before yesterday it was there. Blogs have created the term "permalink" for links that point to a particular entry even if it has scrolled off the front page. Now IBM has created the opposite: A page that cannot be bookmarked because the link points to a different page tomorrow.

Don't get me started on the fact that the navigation is FUBAR. Even the search is broken. But the IBM nonpermalink really tops it.


Right on! IBM invents a new technology! Ever Onward...

Karen Hobert, 2004-12-01

Not to mention the software download packaging IBM provides. WebSphere Portal gives me 79 Items all systems mixed, no way to filter, no way to do a quick jump to the site, first you have to deliver IBM some clicks on their site that can be used for marketing purposes, then you have to wait for this huge and slow download site to load completely. If you click to fast -> javascript error. Good luck to You all out there having fun with the IBM Website.

Martin Schroers, 2004-12-01

On a somewhat related note: If some of you who take on the task are by chance stumbling over a download link for PC DOS 7.1, would you let me know, please?

Stefan Rubner, 2004-12-01

Urgh, tell me about it. IBM’s site sucks in so many ways... yet they must be interested in what we think, seeing as how they survey site visitors all the time?


Ben Poole, 2004-12-01

And then you have to remember which ID logs you into which part of a site, and even then get prompted multiple times, and if I don't turn of the browser security warnings, everytime you click a linkm, it tells you it's going to another site. Yesterday I needed the 6.5.3 client to see if a Sametime bug in the notes client on 6.5.1 hitting LDAP was fixed, sadly it wasn't on the trial download site... arrggg...

Carl Tyler, 2004-12-01

Even nicer is that when I log into the BP software zone, there are two completely different companies associated with our username, so I always have to choose between the company I work for and some company in Bogota. If we ever have to pay for a download/cd, at least I know which one to pick ;)

Ben Hughes, 2004-12-02

I "like" Websphere...
Give me the old sites back!

Torsten Michlick, 2004-12-02

Yeah, I think they should release the WTF-LOL (WebSphere Taunt Format Location Oriented Losing) Server into the public domain. It's not fair that they keep that kind of amazingly advanced technology all for themselves!

Brian Benz, 2004-12-02

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